ROME — Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday that six EU countries had agreed to take in some 150 migrants who have been blocked from docking in Italy, resolving the latest standoff over immigration to Europe across the Mediterranean.
The most powerful passports in the world have been unveiled/ /Ross McGuinness,Yahoo News UK
With Brexit looming, the UK has slid down the list, while the passport power has shifted to Asia.
Japan and Singapore have held on to their joint top spot, with each country offering visa-free access to 189 destinations.
Islamic State has been conquered and the war has ended in large parts of Syria, but most Syrian refugees living in Germany want to stay. Many fear persecution if they go back while others have already established themselves in their new home. By Katrin Elger and Asia Haidar Maurizio Gambarini
Threats to the global economy do not come much bigger than a trade war. Tariffs helped turn a stock market crisis and recession into the Great Depression back in the 1930s, scarring the world economy for decades to come.
The key lesson for the best part of the past century was that prosperity flows when borders are open to trade.
So far the trade spat between the US and China has not tipped the world into crisis. That is not guaranteed to continue: IMF chief Christine Lagarde this week warned it is “a threat for the global economy.”
The trade war started at a time of strong economic growth, and central banks around the world have responded with economic stimulus measures, dampening the conflict’s impact.
However, global growth has weakened since then and the current fragile stability could let much of the world avoid a recession, if there are no more shocks.
Yet that could change this week. After months of negotiations, the US looks set to raise more tariffs on Chinese imports.
China hails ‘historic’ Europe trip as Xi signs billion-dollar deals with France, BRI with Italy —
Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his overseas jaunt of the year, visiting Europe on a mission to strengthen Beijing’s ties to the region.